Last night I attended a Council meeting which was discussing whether to bring back the privatised Parking Service. The inevitable vote was to keep the service in the hands of the private sector despite a valiant attempt by the Barnet Labour councillors for a full business case including an in house option.
Imagine my surprise then delight to hear that another outsourced service is to return to Barnet.
I refer to the Barnet’s Registration and Nationality Service which was outsourced to the London Borough of Brent.
On Monday 11 December 2017 Brent Council Cabinet Committee meeting agreed to end the agreement with Barnet Council which will lead to service being brought back into direct control of the Council.
I know at the time many were incredulous at the decision to outsource this service in 2014, but at the time there seemed to be a race to outsource everything.
Barnet UNISON is pleased with this decision and will be involved in the staff transfer at some time in the not too distant future.
This decision follows another staff transfer of social workers from The Barnet Group back into the Council in December 2017. Earlier this week we heard news of another group of staff transferring from NHS into Family Services.
Barnet UNISON will continue to campaign for all of our members in-house and outsourced.